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Santa’s Arrival at Noon on Friday, November 23rd:  

Santa arrives at The Commons Park by special escort with tree lighting ceremony led by Mayor Ellen Polimeni immediately following.

Santa’s Hours on November 23rd:  

  • 12:30–4:00 pm and 6:00–8:00 pm

Santa’s hours from November 24th –December 23rd

  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm Thursday & Fridays
  • Noon – 4:00pm Saturdays and Sundays

FREE Wagon Rides by Gladacres Farms:

  • Friday, November 23rd: Noon–3:00pm
  • Weekends November 24th –December 23rd : 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays

Sponsored by:

Downtown Canandaigua Merchants Association
J. James Wolfe Agency, Inc.
and other Community Supporters

For More Information: Call Canandaigua BID at (585) 396-0300 or visit www.facebook.com/CanandaiguaBID

Greetings from Downtown Canandaigua!

Tis the season to be merry and your merchants are indeed decked out for the holidays.  Here is some news, events, and happenings going on for this festive month.

Santa’s House and Horse Drawn Wagon Rides!

Hours for Santa:

Now through December 23rd:
Thursdays and Fridays, 6-8pm
Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-4pm

Horse DrawnWagon Rides:
Saturdays and Sundays through December 18th, 1pm-4pm

Expressions In Needleart Knitting Party, Saturday December 3, 10am-2pm

Expressions in Needleart invites knitters into the shop on Saturday, December 3 from 10-2 for some good old fashioned knitting.  Our knitting instructor, Sandi, will be available for questions and help.  There is no charge, but please call to reserve a seat.  585.394.4870.

Canandaigua Wine Walk, Saturday December 3rd, 4-7pm

Participating merchants for Saturday, December 3, 2011, 4-7 pm, and Finger Lakes Wineries Include (Scheduled):

88 South Main St.
585-396-9420 Website
Winery: Standing Stone Winery

Expressions In Needleart
110 South Main Street
585-394-4870 Website
Winery: Miles Wine Cellars

Coach Street Clay
39 Coach Street
585-474-3103 Website
Winery: Inspire Moore Winery

Olde Homestead Country Store
222 South Main Street
585-919-2305 Website
Food Stop

Frogs Trading Post
185 South Main Street
585-393-1605 Website
Winery: Heron Hill Winery

Finger Lakes Gallery & Frame
170 South Main Street
585-396-7210 Website
Winery: Glenora and Knapp Winery

Sweet Expressions
169 South Main Street
585-393-4373 Website
Food Stop

Simply Crepes
101 South Main Street
585-394-9090 Website
Winery: Eagle Crest Winery


 News and Announcements:

3/50 Project and Canandaigua Downtown Merchant Association Encourage You “Keep the Cheer Here”:

Canandaigua Merchants are proud supporters of the 3/50 Project, who’s recently released their “shop local” holiday campaign.  We hope you “Keep the Cheer Here” by shopping at local independent stores.

$1000 Shopping Spree for Downtown Canandaigua:
Stop by your local merchants and enter your name for our annual $1000 Shopping Spree.  The winner will be picked by Santa one week before Christmas.

Casa De Pasta announces their new Constellation wine nights:
Every Tuesday choice of soup or salad,entrée,cannoli and unlimited constellation Brand house wine $19.95

Congratulations to Kathy Creveling who won Downtown Canandaigua’s $1000 Shopping Spree.  Kathy picked up her gift certificates with her son Neil (pictured) and was very excited. 

Congratulations to Kathy Creveling from Pittsford!

She is from Pittsford and loves shopping in Canandaigua.  The shop she entered at was Renaissance (the Goodie II Shoppe).  You never know where a winner filled out their entry.   Thank you to all the merchants who have their gift certificate to help make this happen.  This is just one of the successful campaigns that the association does every year.

The BIG Event is an unforgettable day of holiday activities

  • 2 p.m.  Pancake eating contest starting with local celebrities at the Villager Diner, 245 South Main Street (click here for entry form)
  • At the Commons Park on Coach Main Streets: Alpacas for petting, Santa, holiday DJ music, horse drawn wagon rides, and our Canandaigua 2010 Holiday Ornament!
  • Hot cocoa provided by Salvation Army, Popcorn by Pickering Pub
  • Holiday wreaths by Girl Scouts
  • Free gift wrap by the Red Cross at Finger Lakes Gallery & Frame
  • Wine tasting by Constellation Brands 5-7pm at: Expressions in Needleart, 110 S. Main Street; Finger Lakes Gallery and Frame, 175 S. Main Street; Coach Street Clay, 39 Coach Street
  • Drink and food specials at area restaurants
  • Shop til’ you drop!  Win a Finger Lakes Getaway (an overnight stay at Oliver Phelps Bed and Breakfast, Dinner for 2 at Steamboat Landing The Cove Restaurant, and a Finger Lakes Wine Basket from Vineyards Discount Wines).  Enter for free once at the Commons Park, and increase  your chances with any purchase at:

Wick-edly Sent Soap and Candle Company, 94 S. Main Street

Mobile Music, 163 South Main Street

Sweet Expressions, 169 South Main Street

JOOLZ, 112 S. Main Street

Artiques, 37 South Main Street

Coach Street Clay, 39 Coach Street Clay

Davidson’s Shoes, 153 South Main Street

Expressions In Needleart, 110 South Main Street

Liberty Cottage, 116 South Main Street

Unique Toy Shop, 120 South Main Street

Finger Lakes Gallery & Frame, 175 South Main Street

Bubilu, 209 South Main Street

Merchant Activities Include:

  • Patience Brewster will be on hand for signings at Angelic Dreamz from 1-3pm, at 13 Niagara Street
  • Joolz will have a gift certificate drawing at 112 S. Main Street
  • RV&E Bike and Skate at 168 South Main Street will recycle old bicycles and donate it to a local charity, plus every customer who donates receives a $50 gift voucher towards a new bicycle!
  • Icon Salon Holiday Open House with food, drinks, and specials at 84 South Main Street
  • Enter a $1000 Shopping Spree at many local merchants (no cost to enter)

Community Caroling begins at the Commons Park at 8 p.m. Join us!

Share this event with your friends.  Download the PDF of this event.

Downtown Canandaigua merchants plan for a festive holiday season filled with new events, decorations, and surprises.

In downtown Canandaigua, merchants are busy preparing for a fun filled holiday season.  New lights and banners will adorn Main Street, and merchant’s windows and doors will be decorated.  Some new events along with some recurring ones have filled up their calendars, making November and December a joyous experience for locals and tourists alike.

“It’s been an exciting ride planning this and watching it materialize,” says Lori Malolepszy, co-chair of the marketing committee for the Downtown Canandaigua Merchant Association and owner of Expressions in Needleart.  “Our committee has worked relentlessly to come up with new ideas mixed with great traditions to make this season special.”

Some of the new ideas will be giving away free turkeys during their Holiday Open House event, which is Friday November 19th to Sunday November 21st.  On Friday between the hours of 4-8, sixteen downtown merchants will be handing out turkeys (in the form of gift cards), courtesy of Wegmans.  There is no purchase necessary, and consumers must be physically in the stores to win.  Along with the free turkeys, consumers can enter to win a Thanksgiving Dinner as well.  On Saturday downtown will be hosting their annual holiday drink contest, where consumers can taste merchant’s drinks and vote on their favorite.  There will also be elfs handing out downtown dollars, horse drawn wagon rides for the entire family, and numerous merchant specials.

The Holiday Open House event also kicks off their annual Doors of Canandaigua promotion.  Merchants decorate a door, either their front or another in their window, and the public can vote on their favorite.  Consumers can also enter the $1000 holiday shopping spree.

A new tradition merchants are excited about is their Black Friday Sale, which is Friday, November 26th.  A list of merchants will open early the day after Thanksgiving at 6am to offer amazing deals for early birds.  They are promising that the deals are going to be worth it, plus it will be a more civilized alternative to mall shopping.  Shoppers are encouraged to stick around for Santa’s arrival at noon.

December 11th marks a new event, aptly called The BIG Event.  This involves a day-filled event including a pancake eating contest, wine tasting, demonstrations, live alpacas, and community caroling.  More details to follow.

To see a list of these events and promotions, and for more info visit http://downtowncanandaigua.com

There’s so much happening in November that we included another post, with new details on the Gobble Gobble night and the Holiday Drink Contest, which is happening November 19 and 20th.

See you on the street!

Taste of the Finger Lakes, Wednesday November 17th

The 9th annual Taste of the Finger Lakes will be held on Wednesday, November 17th at The Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Thirty Finger Lakes area restaurants, wineries, custom brewcrafters and specialty food vendors will be on hand offering delicious samples. In addition to the tasting booths, attendees will be able to bid on over 60 silent auction items.  For more info.

Holiday Open House, Friday November 19-21

Day filled activities to enjoy for the whole family!

Canandaigua Merchants are giving away turkeys!  You’re invited to a weekend filled with holiday fun.  Traditions new and past come alive downtown with a merchant filled weekend of fun.

    Holiday Open House Friday, November 19th – Sunday, November 21st

    You’re invited to a weekend filled with holiday fun.  Traditions new and past come alive downtown with a merchant filled weekend of fun.

      Friday – Doors of Canandaigua begin

    Merchants will be decorating their doors, and you can vote for your favorite!

      Friday night is Gobble Gobble night!

    Visit participating merchants, where a turkey will be given every fifteen minutes, from 4-8pm!  You can also win a Thanksgiving Dinner for your home, enter at participating merchants for free, and increase your chances by shopping.

    Be at any of these merchants and when you hear “Gobble Gobble” you have a chance to win a free turkey!  Print this list in a .pdf for easy access.

    1. The Country Ewe
    2. Artiques
    3. Judy’s Bargain Books
    4. Expressions in Needleart
    5. Pat Rini Rohrer
    6. Crown Jewelry
    7. Unique Toy Shop
    8. Simply Crepes
    9. F. Oliver’s
    10. Angelic Dreamz
    11. Finger Lakes Gallery and Frame
    12. Coach Street Clay
    13. Wick-edly Sent Soap and Candle Company
    14. Liberty Cottage
    15. Sweet Expressions
    16. As We Grow

    Brought to you by the Downtown Canandaigua Merchants Association with special thanks to Wegmans. 

      Saturday, November 20th- Holiday Drink Contest

    Vote for your favorite beverage at our annual Holiday Drink Contest.  Participating merchants are listed below, for a list print the pdf.
    1. Finger Lakes Gallery and Frame
    2. Coach Street Clay
    3. Adorn Jewelry and Accessories
    4. JOOLZ
    5. Liberty Cottage
    6. Expressions In Needleart
    7. Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery
    8. Crown Jewelry
    9. Simply Crepes
    10. F. Oliver’s
    11. Cat’s in the Kitchen
    12. Wick-edly Sent Soap and Candle Company

      Saturday -Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

      An old fashioned holiday, bring the entire family, or take a romantic stroll through downtown Canandaigua in a festive horse drawn wagon.

      Saturday – Elf Dollars

      Spot an elf and receive elf dollars to spend locally!

      $1000 Shopping Spree Giveaway

      Look for the red box at participating merchants.  No purchase necessary.  Santa will pick the name one week before Christmas.

      Friday – Sunday – Merchant Specials

      Enjoy great deals at local merchants, and see what’s new this holiday season.

Athena Awards Gala is Friday, November 19 at Bristol Harbour

The Canandaigua Chamber Welcomes You to this Event.

Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the 26th Annual Canandaigua ATHENA Award Gala on Friday, November 19, 2010 at Bristol Harbour Resort. Cocktails at 5:30pm, Dinner and Program at 6:45pm.  Reservations need to be received by Wednesday, November 10 by calling 585-394-4400, ext. 203.

Scholarships In the past 10 years, it’s raised over $55,000 for scholarships for women.

Mentoring To help bridge the gap college graduates face between college and the start of their career, SUNY Geneseo teams with previous Canandaigua ATHENA Award recipients for an ongoing series of lectures and workshops at SUNY Geneseo’s PamelaYorkKlainerCenter for Women and Business.

International Ties The Canandaigua ATHENA Award program is a part of ATHENA International, a foundation that has honored many women known throughout the world for their achievements in world politics, medicine, education, business and more.

The ATHENA Award is given to women who have achieved the highest professional success in their field, who have made significant contributions to their community, and who have demonstrated support and leadership for other women.

11 ATHENA Award Nominees

Donna Bennett, Founder of Canandaigua Connected & Three Chiquitas Publishing;
Denise Chaapel, Business Owner of Sweet Expressions of Canandaigua, LLC;
Laura Donaldson, Executive Director of Bridges for Brain Injury, Inc.;
Lynne Erdle, Secondary Executive Principal for Canandaigua City School District;
Michelle Garlock, Owner of Master Peace Painting;
Pamela A. Helming, Regional Compliance Manager of Casella Waste Services;
Noreen Quinn, Senior Associate Executive Director of Ontario ARC;
Bonnie Ross, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives of Thompson Health;
Jodi Simons Caruso, Owner of Open Arms Yoga & Wellness Center
Brenda W. Stoker, Vice President/Consumer Loan Manager of Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co.
Amy Story, Canandaigua Academy Choral Music Director & Vocal Teacher of Canandaigua City School District.

5 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Nominees
Jodee Case Rizzo, President/Owner of Cases Convenient Store;
Courtney Dixon Vahue, Account Supervisor of Dixon Schwabl;
Taryn Windheim, Director of the West Ontario Chapter of the American Red Cross;
Teresa Pare, Sole Proprietor of The Law Offices of Teresa M. Pare; and
Kerry Sherman, Owner/Manager of Honeoye Lake Rentals

$50 per person or $650 Table of 8 Sponsorship with Advertising.
Meal selection:
Pork tenderloin with cranberries & apples served with seasonal vegetables and roasted red potatoes;
mild white fish with lobster cream sauce served with seasonal vegetables and roasted red potatoes; and
fettuccini alfredo with vegetables.

November 19th- 5:30 – 9:15pm at Bristol Harbour Resort in Canandaigua esnow@canandaiguachamber.com

JOOLZ Trunk Show Saturday November 20th

JOOLZ will be hosting Sarah Berardi of Grazia Jewelry at a trunk show on Saturday, November 20th, from 10am – 5pm.  Sarah recently won the Merit Award for Jewelry at the Memorial Art Gallery’s Clothesline Festival. For more info.

Black Friday and Santa’s Arrival, November 26th

Merchants Open Early at 6am

Your Canandaigua merchants will be opening their doors earlyto greet you on Friday morning, November 26th, with great deals. Enjoy civilized shopping, with great deals for early birds.Get a head start on your holiday shopping in the Finger Lakes.  List of Merchants opening early with deals coming soon, updated list will appear here so book mark this page.

Santa Hours and Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Santa will arrive in Downtown Canandaigua by horse drawn wagon to The Commons Park on Friday, November 26th at 12 noon. An official tree lighting performed by Mayor Ellen Polimeni, will take place immediately after Santa arrives.

Santa’s holiday hours are:

  • 12:00pm – 4:00pm & 6:00-8:00pm on November 26th.
  • November 27th – December 19th
  • Thursdays & Fridays: 6-8pm and Saturdays & Sundays: Noon-4pm.
  • Thursday, December 23rd 6-8pm and
  • Friday, December 24th 10am-2pm.

FREE Horse Drawn Wagon Rides will be provided at the following times:

  • Friday, November 26th 12pm-3pm & Saturday, November 27th 1-4pm
  • December 4th – December 19th Saturdays & Sundays 1-4pm

WHEN: Friday November 26, 2010 – 12 p.m at The Commons Park corner of South Main Street & Coach Street in Downtown Canandaigua, NY.  Free admission.  For more information contact 585-396-0300 – Brought to you by the BID.

Send this to your friends and we hope to see you soon-

Coming next month: Holiday Art Walk, Wine Walk, and the BIG Event!!

Don Stevens
Canandaigua Downtown Merchant Association

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